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A Radical Solution to the Race Problem

Quayshawn Spencer
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 81, No. 5 (December 2014), pp. 1025-1038
DOI: 10.1086/677694
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/677694
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

It has become customary among philosophers and biologists to claim that folk racial classification has no biological basis. This paper attempts to debunk that view. In this paper I show that ‘race’, as used in current US race talk, picks out a biologically real entity. I do this by first showing that ‘race’, in this use, is not a kind term, but a proper name for a set of human population groups. Next, using recent human genetic clustering results, I show that this set of human population groups is a partition of human populations that I call ‘the Blumenbach partition’.

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